Meet Gilly Hegenbart!

Gilly_Hegenbart2As our IPG team continues to grow, we are delighted to announce the addition of Gilly Hegenbart as Research Coordinator. (Read more about Gilly’s background in the “About” section of our website).

In the meantime, we asked her a few questions so you can get to know her on a more personal level.

What’s your hidden talent?

Floral Design. I love to play with flowers. I always have fresh flowers in my house. My favorite place to get flowers is from my own back yard.

What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?

I once rode a neighbor’s horse without a bridle or saddle. The horse had bucked its owner off and broke his arm. We were supposed to stay away from it, but I rode it with just a rope. It was such a beautiful horse, I couldn’t resist. I was about 7 or 8 years old at the time. Of course that was about the last “risky” thing I have done. I certainly got more cautious with age.

Gilly is an uncommon name.  What’s the backstory?

My name is short for Galadriel who is queen of the Elves in JRR Tolkein’s  Lord of the Rings books. My parents loved the books and thought it was a beautiful name for their only daughter. I didn’t like it as a child, but learned to love and embrace it as an adult.

What story does your family always tell about you?

There are many, I think I will keep them to myself. Usually has something to do with me saying something without thinking first.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I love spontaneous trips. I have been known to plan some really fun last minute getaways.

What was your very first job?

My first job was working at The Pear Sheds in Ukiah. It was a place where all the teens worked in the summer. My job was sorter, which meant I had to sort out the bad pears (which then went to baby food). I lasted about 3 days, it made me really dizzy.

I probably shouldn’t have (fill in the blank) …

… bought that really cute red Alpha Romeo convertible without doing any research. That thing was a piece of junk. It started to break down on the way home from buying it. That was the last time I went for “cute” when buying a car.

Have you ever had a bad ass moment?

Every time I gave birth! I felt like a very tired rock star.

What is the one skill needed to be successful?

I think mine is loyalty. It has always worked for me. Also, trusting your first instinct. It is usually your best.

What’s your favorite book?

To Kill a Mockingbird

What’s your favorite film?

I still love Sixteen Candles, I guess I am a little stuck in the 80’s when it comes to movies and music.

If you could choose anyone, who would you choose as a mentor?

Bono from U2. I think he is amazing. I have been a fan since I was 16. I am inspired by his ability to be a rock star and a humanitarian. U2 was also my very first concert.

What super hero do you most associate with?

Wonder Woman – I loved her as a kid. My mom made me the best costume in the 70’s. I loved that she could spin around and jump into action. She always saved the day!

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